Ruth and I hope you are going to take part in the 31-day, Third Annual Slice of Life Story Challenge by writing and sharing a story about your day, each … Continue Reading The Slice of Life Story Challenge Starts Tomorrow!
Yesterday I posted a document that contained a week-long series of lessons for teaching vocabulary from Willow’s Whispers, a new book by Lana Button and Tania Howells. Since this type … Continue Reading Building Bigger Vocabularies Through Books: Part 2 of 2
On February 1, the Obama administration released its 2011 budget proposal. In this proposed budget, funding for the NWP is consolidated with five other literacy programs under a new … Continue Reading Save the NWP!
In this month’s issue of The Reading Teacher, there’s an excellent article, “The Vocabulary-Rich Classroom: Modeling Sophisticated Word Use to Promote Word Consciousness and Vocabulary Growth,” which deals with ways … Continue Reading Building Bigger Vocabularies Through Books: Part 1 of 2
Too often this business of ours is stressful. Too often we get worked up over things that don’t really matter. Today’s post is about keeping the joy through it all. The longer … Continue Reading Keeping Joy.
Grading editorials; going through motions; completing the task, when I was smacked with images from four years ago. “Adoption is a choice to consider if you don’t want the baby,” … Continue Reading Ruth’s SOLS: Remembering
It’s Tuesday, which means it’s time for the weekly Slice of Life Story Challenge! The Third Annual Slice of Life Story Challenge, which will run from Monday, March 1st – … Continue Reading SOLSC: Today’s Challenge and Prizes for the Month-Long Challenge
Main Entry: col·lab·o·rate Pronunciation: \kə-ˈla-bə-ˌrāt\ Date: 1871 1 : to work jointly with others or together especially in an intellectual endeavor (Merriam-Webster Online) I’ve been learning a lot about collaboration. … Continue Reading What is collaboration?
The latest copy of NCTE’s School Talk arrived in my mailbox yesterday. The present issue is entitled “21st Century Literacies: Young Children Reading and Writing in a Digital World.” Ceil … Continue Reading Digital Storytelling: Technology & Mentors
The trimester ends in 7 days. So, beginning last Monday I challenged my students to write every day until the end of the trimester. (After that, I’ll challenge them to … Continue Reading Slice of Life Story CHALLENGE
Have you read the comments to this post? If not, you should scroll through. You’ll find a slew of emotions. It is well worth checking out — especially Ryan’s comment, … Continue Reading More on Standardized Testing.
It’s time for the weekly Slice of Life Story Challenge! In less than two weeks the Third Annual Slice of Life Story Challenge, which will run from 3/1 – 3/31, … Continue Reading Share a Slice of Your Life Today!
So check this little conversation from Saturday morning. It’s starring my second grade daughter and me: H: So, Mom, are you impressed by my test scores? Me: What? H: Those … Continue Reading The Most Important Thing about Taking a Standardized Test
Last weekend, when we were getting hit with the first big snowstorm, I was looking through our cable guide to find a movie. A film starring Sean Connery, Rob Brown, … Continue Reading Writing Inspiration
“The worst thing about new books is that they keep us from reading the old ones.” — Joseph Joubert When I was at NCTE less than three months I was … Continue Reading Yes, students CAN publish their writing in two languages!
Schools from Indiana to Pennsylvania (and beyond) are closed today. While I’m spending time working on the book we’re writing, I’ve also spent close to a half hour on Facebook. … Continue Reading Snow Day Poetry Activity